Hiram College

Three Hiram physics students presented their research at the American Physical Society, Ohio Region, 2012 spring meeting on April 13 and 14 at The Ohio State University in Columbus.

Pye Phyo (Kauk Kauk) Aung ’12, Sambid Wasti ’12 and Yuting Ye ’13 worked on the research with Mark Taylor over the 2011 summer; this meeting gave them the opportunity to present their research results to an audience of physicists. Aung presented the poster “Partition function zeros and phase transition of a polymer chain”; Wasti presented the poster “Local structure in hard-sphere chain-molecule fluids”; and Ye presented the poster “Conformation of a Lennard-Jones polymer in explicit solvent.”

Students Katherine Starr ’14, David Klecyngier ’13, Subrat Khanal ’12 and Physics Professors Mark Taylor and Laura Van Wormer (current secretary of the Ohio Section of the APS) also attended the meeting. Taylor presented the research talk, “Energy landscapes for a homopolymer protein-like folding transition.”

Aung, Wasti, Ye and Taylor’s work was funded by Taylor’s research grant from the National Science Foundation, Division of Material Research.